State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) received four major committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session and will be sworn in for a third term at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Ms. Boucher will serve as a leader and the ranking member of the Transportation, Higher Education and Education committees. She will also serve as a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.
As a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, Ms. Boucher said, “With next year’s budget deficit already projected to hit $1 billion, legislators have some serious work to do with the development of the next two-year budget, and I look forward to playing a positive role in resolving our state’s fiscal challenges in a bipartisan and responsible manner. This committee sets tax rates and I believe that Connecticut’s tax policy plays a key role in the state’s economic health and in job creation.”
Ms. Boucher relies upon her extensive experience in the business world, holding a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut School of Business as well as Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. She is also the founder and former owner of a small businesses and a former corporate manager for two Fortune 50 firms.
On the Transportation Committee, Ms. Boucher will continue to advance legislation focused on the rights of commuters, modernization and expansion of commuter rail lines, improved parking resources, and keeping the state from diverting much needed transportation funds from the transportation budget account.
As a member of the Education Committee and Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, Ms. Boucher has been an advocate for education quality, most recently playing an oversight role in the reversal of a series of “improper raises” at the Board of Regents of Higher Education.
Before serving in the legislature, Ms. Boucher chaired the Wilton school board and served on the Connecticut State Board of Education. Last year, she was recognized as a “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.